North Stokes Megan Condon, who was named on the Under Armour All-American Watch List this fall, was one of 300 volleyball players around the country invited to attend the 2015 AVCA Phenom College Preparatory Program in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 17-20. The event featured a talent showcase with over 100 college coaches.
“I was really excited and honored when I found out that I was invited. We flew out Friday morning and got there Friday evening. On Saturday we went through a lot of typical measurements like our standing reach, block touch and approach reach,” Condon said.
On Sunday the senior split into teams and had game play in front of college coaches.
“Showcases are great for seeing how you jump in and take control of your position and adjust to playing with people you’ve never met. I ran offense on my court and talked constantly. I love the challenge of setting new hitters and adjusting to new teammates. The speed of the game was much faster than many of our high school games because of the level of talent,” Condon said.
One memorable part of the trip was listening to a speech from Stacy Sykora.
“She was one of the first liberoes in the game of volleyball and helped lead us to a silver medal in the Olympics. She was injured in an accident on her team bus in Brazil on the way to a game. She was the only one injured and it was bad enough to end her career as a player. She was very inspirational and to listen to someone remain so positive after an experience like that was just amazing,” Condon said.
During the trip, she and her mother Christine, were part of setting an attendance record of over 17,000 people to see Nebraska beat Texas 3-0 in the NCAA D1 finals.
“There was so much hype with Nebraska getting the game in their own town. Both schools had their cheerleaders, bands and mascots. It was an amazing experience and really got me excited for my upcoming JO volleyball season,” she said.
The teen said the experience renewed her energy for pushing herself.
“To play at that level takes a lot of dedication. I work out a lot and play different sports but to get to that level takes so much more,” she said.
Condon has fielded numerous college scholarship offers and plans to decide where she’ll be attending soon.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.